9/24-26: Williamsburg International Film Festival

Description: The inaugural Williamsburg Int’l Film Fest, happening at a range of venues including Galapagos, Shangri-la Studios in Greenpoint, Brooklyn Bowl, Indiescreen and the Knitting Factory, features over 160 new features, shorts and music Videos. KCCS programmer Nick Shimkin will be coordinating a full day of filmmaker and industry panels and workshops at the First Spanish Presbyterian Church (South 3rd @ Driggs), Saturday 9/25. Details are available at willifest.com


9/23: Paprika at Ortine

Description: animation month continues with Paprika (2006, 90min) anime master Satoshi Kon’s trippy, dark, frenetic sci-fi adventure in which therapists use a machine to invade and disect their patients dreams. (Inception, anyone?) Kon was in production on his most recent film when he died of cancer in August; Paprika represents his final, most ambitious film.

Details: Thursday 8PM SHARP, backyard at Ortine, 622 Washington Ave btw Dean and Pacific. A/C to Clinton-Washington. Free w/ one drink minimum.


9/22: Logorama and Helvetica at LaunchPad

Description: a screening of the recent eye-popping short from H5 production house in France, Logorama (2009, 16min) a 3D animated action flick that constructs a dystopian LA out of a whopping 2,500 corporate logos and mascots. From the makers: “Logorama presents us with an over-marketed world built only from logos and real trademarks that are destroyed by a series of natural disasters (including an earthquake and a tidal wave of oil). Logotypes are used to describe an alarming universe (similar to the one that we are living in) with all the graphic signs that accompany us everyday in our lives. This over-organized universe is violently transformed by the cataclysm becoming fantastic and absurd. It shows the victory of the creative against the rational, where nature and human fantasy triumph.”

Followed by Gary Hustwit’s recent celebrated doc Helvetica (2007, 80min) about the typefont, graphic design, and global visual culture.

Details: Wednesday Sept. 22 8pm at LaunchPad. 721 Franklin Ave. 2/3/4/5 to Franklin Ave. Free/popcorn provided/BYOB


9/9: Persepolis at Ortine

Description: Persepolis (2007, 95min), Vincent Parronaud’s and Marjane Satrapi’s screen adaptation of Satrapi’s funny and stirring autobiographical graphic novel, translated to the screen with amazing hand-drawn black and white clarity. Funny, moving, timely, and beautifully animated. One of the best of the decade just passed, and perfect for this neighborhood restaurant.

Details: Thursday Sept. 9, 8pm. 622 Washington Ave btw Dean and Pacific. A/C to Clinton-Washington. Free w/ one drink minimum.


9/8: Performance and local shorts in Williamsburg

Description: Filmmaker Jason Tallon introduces his short films TrapDevil and All Dogs Go To Hell

TrapDevil: “My expulsion capture and display of at least six world spirits on video; Helter Skelter played backwards over a visual enactment of psychosis; a few demons caught in a jar on exhibit for anyone to see and hear.” 4min … All Dogs Go To Hell: “A psychedelic nightmare doggie style.” 10min

Followed by a film of the director’s choosing: Performance (1970, 105min), Nicolas Roeg and Donald Cammel’s dark, strange and perverse London gangster art house epic, featuring the film debut of Mick Jagger in dual creepy roles. Roeg’s hallucinatory cult debut mines subjects as diverse as sexual identity, public performance, and swinging London’s masked sadism. Shot in ’68 and critically bashed upon its premiere in ’70, this softcore-gangster-musical nod to the avant garde is now respected as a hugely influential late sixties art film.

Details: Tomorrow, Wednesday 9/8, 8pm in the backyard at 25 Kingsland Ave, Apt 1L, Brooklyn 11211. BYOB/snacks/blankets etc.